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From: Big-8 Management Board <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Final RFD comp.mobile.ipad / LAST CALL FOR COMMENTS Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 01:04:18 EDT Message-ID: <loydnXD7r6x51j3WnZ2dnUVZ_s-dnZ2d@supernews.com> REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD) unmoderated group comp.mobile.ipad This is a formal Request for Discussion (RFD) for the creation of the unmoderated newsgroup comp.mobile.ipad. NEWSGROUPS LINE: comp.mobile.ipad Mobile tablet PC running iPhone OS. RATIONALE: This newsgroup is meant to form a new group for the discussion and mutual support of the Apple iPad mobile device. Currently, discussion of the iPad has been spread among a number of newsgroups including, but not limited to, comp.sys.mac.comm, comp.sys.mac.system, and misc.phone.mobile.iphone. Having a newsgroup designated for the iPad will help alleviate the fragmentation that currently exists. Discussions preliminary and subsequent to the first iteration of this RFD concentrated mainly on the name and hierarchy for such a newsgroup; there was little objection voiced against the formation of such a group. "From Jan 27 (the date Apple announced the iPad) to March 9, 2010 (the date of the first floater for this proposed newsgroup), an analysis of comp.sys.mac.comm, comp.sys.mac.system, and misc.phone.mobile.iphone showed that 2177 (or 32%) of the 6724 posts in those three groups referenced the iPad. Excluding comp.sys.mac.system (the one least relevant to the iPad), the percentage increases to 46.75%" (Jim Gibson, Message-ID: <email@example.com>). This proposal would entail a hierarchy, namely, comp.mobile*. There is precedent for a comp.mobile.* hierarchy, as evidenced by the existence of fj.comp.mobile and japan.comp.mobile. Comp.mobile.* paves the way for the addition of newsgroups for future and existing mobile devices by Apple and other manufacturers. CHARTER: comp.mobile.ipad is an unmoderated group for the users of Apple's iPad. Discussions about any issue relating to the iPad, including but not limited to, installation problems, configuration problems, or discussions on different applications available for the iPad are welcome. Posters are expected to abide by normal Usenet standards of decorum, and to ignore articles intended to disrupt the group. The usual suspects are prohibited (spam, binaries, direct advertising, etc.) PROCEDURE: Please refer to the newsgroup creation policies listed here: http://www.big-8.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=policies:creation All discussion of active proposals should be posted to news.groups.proposals. To this end, the followup header of this RFD has been set to news.groups.proposals. If desired by the readership of closely affected groups, the discussion may be crossposted to those groups, but care should be taken to ensure that all discussion appears in news.groups.proposals as well. The final comment period lasts for five (5) days from the time that this RFD is posted. DISTRIBUTION: This document has been posted to the following newsgroups: news.announce.newgroups news.groups.proposals comp.sys.mac.comm comp.sys.mac.system misc.phone.mobile.iphone PROPONENT: Michelle Steiner firstname.lastname@example.org CHANGE HISTORY: 2010-03-12 1st RFD. 2010-03-16: 2nd RFD. Proposed name changed from comp.mobile.apple.ipad to comp.mobile.ipad. Newsgroups line refined. Quantitative analysis of discussion of the iPad included in rationale. Minor wording, spelling and grammatical changes. Last Call for Comments.